Jussi Parikka is a media theorist, writer and Professor in Technological Culture & Aesthetics at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton). Parikka has a PhD in Cultural History from the University of Turku, Finland and in addition, he is Docent of Digital Culture Theory at the University of Turku, Finland.

Parikka has published widely on digital culture, media theory and visual culture. His work on media archaeology has gathered a lot of positive international attention and awards. Parikka’s books include (Koneoppi, in Finnish, on “cultural theory in the age of digital machines”) and his Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses was published by Peter Lang (2007, 2nd. edition forthcoming 2016). Parikka’s Insect Media (2010) won the 2012 Anne Friedberg award for Innovative Scholarship (Society for Cinema and Media Studies). The third part of the media ecology trilogy, A Geology of Media, came out in 2015 with University of Minnesota Press as well.

The co-edited collection The Spam Book: On Viruses, Porn, and Other Anomalies from the Dark Side of Digital Culture was published by Hampton Press (2009), and Media Archaeology came out with University of California Press ( 2011). The work on media archaeology was continued in Parikka’s 2012 monograph What is Media Archaeology? In 2013 he a edited collection of Wolfgang Ernst-writings, Digital Memory and the Archive.

Recently Parikka also wrote the short booklet, The Anthrobscene (2014).

Parikka’s articles have been published in a range of leading journals including Theory, Culture & Society, Angelaki, CTheory, Leonardo, Parallax, Postmodern Culture, Media History, Game Studies and Fibreculture, as well as in several Finnish journals and books. In addition to English and Finnish, his texts have been published in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Polish, traditional Chinese, Catalan, German, Greek and Indonesian.

Parikka is a frequent speaker at international universities as well as media, arts and critical theory festivals, and he has delivered invited talks at various universities including in Berlin, Melbourne, Toronto, California, Istanbul, Barcelona, London, Oslo, Amsterdam and Helsinki. Parikka has delivered keynotes at several events including Canadian Communication Association Annual Conference (2012)

He is currently working on several projects, including on humanities labs with Lori Emerson (Boulder, Colorado) and Darren Wershler (Concordia) and editing the 2nd, revised edition of Digital Contagions for publication in 2016.


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